Man gets life for hit-and-run that killed man and toddler | Ohio News

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for the hit and run death of a man and the man’s young daughter, who was in a stroller.

Shawn Allen, 37, of Canton, remained defiant and maintained his innocence during sentencing in Akron, the Akron Beacon Journal reported. His lawyers argued there was no direct evidence linking Allen to the deaths of Horace Lee, 43, and Azariah Tucker, 21 months, in June 2020, and said an appeal was planned .

Two of Allen’s friends testified at trial that they were passengers in Allen’s SUV that night. Front passenger Tiffany Greenlee testified that Allen and Lee had an argument outside the SUV after Allen said Lee made a disrespectful remark and then drove off to find Lee.

Police said Lee and Azariah were beaten around 1:30 a.m. Their bodies were found the next morning in an alley.

A jury found Allen guilty of aggravated murder and other counts on May 26. On June 15, the same jury recommended to Summit County Judge Susan Baker Ross that Allen be sentenced to life in prison instead of the death penalty. Allen is eligible for parole in 63 years.

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Relatives of Lee and Azariah yelled at Allen during sentencing. A woman named Carmon Lee called Allen a “monster” and said he destroyed her life, the newspaper reported.

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